In a club statement, Victoria Hotspurs FC announced that the match between them and Qala FC had to be abandoned after cigarette butts hit the linesman.
Addressing an official video statement, Victoria Hotspurs club president Anton Tabone explained why the game was abandoned. A cigarette butt was reportedly thrown by a Hotspurs fan and hit a linesman.
At that point, the game was halted, with the referee addressing the respective coaches and representatives on the benches to explain that if such an incident occurs again, the game will be cancelled.
With few minutes left for the first half to end, the game continued. However, the referee did not return for the second half. Tabone condemned the act by the fan who threw the cigarette, but stated that the decision to end the game was exaggerated.